Korcula and Peljesac Tour from Dubrovnik
€75 | Rating 4.13 / 5 [22 ratings]
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Dubrovnik, Dalmatia, Croatia
Croatia has a long history of winemaking, stretching back some 2,500 years, with many indigenous grape varieties still in use. It’s also home to the oak forests that produce most of the oak casks favoured by wine producers across Europe.
A one-hour drive up the coast from Dubrovnik lies Peljesac, a mountainous peninsula where the velvety red Plavac and award-winning Dingac wines are produced on the sunny sea-facing slopes.
Several vineyards are open for wine tasting during the summer, normally offering three to five different wines to sample, with the producer sometimes present to tell you about the history and process of the craft.
If you are driving, stop at Mali Ston – it’s famed throughout Croatia for succulent oysters and mussels, which are served at several local waterside restaurants.
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Many people visit on organised excursions from Dubrovnik, but it’s easy to do it independently by hiring a car and driving up the coast to Peljesac. Follow the coastal road (route 8) and turn off onto the Peljesac peninsula (route 414). Make sure you contact the wineries you wish to visit in advance, and double check when they are open.
Most vineyards offer platters of small savoury snacks during tastings. Vinarija Bartulovic can also provide a full meal of Dalmatian specialities (order one day in advance).
Most of the vineyards are open all year round. Like other attractions in Dalmatia, the vineyards mainly attract visitors during the peak season (July-August). The grape harvest takes place in September, which is a fascinating time to visit.
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